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Meet Moshe Poyastro, an Israeli traveler who can’t get enough of Tanzania

From time to time, we all long for moments of indulgence, where we can put aside the morning alarm, relax and simply sunbathe on a quiet beach, free from worldly worries.

Humans’ need to get away from the daily hustle and bustle is what has created the multi-billion dollar tourism industry, with Tanzania earning a considerable share.

With the country aiming to attract five million tourists by 2025, the expansion of the tourism sector brings its own problems.

Moshe Poyastro, from Tel Aviv, Israel, is an expert traveler who has been to Tanzania on numerous occasions.

Of what attracted him to Tanzania, he says; “Tanzania’s abundant wildlife and game reserves are famous around the world.”

The impressive spectacle of migrating wildebeest and other herbivores, the uniqueness of the Serengeti National Park and the white sands of the island of Zanzibar have attracted hundreds of Israelis to Tanzania, with charter flights direct from Israel to Zanzibar and the international airport of the Kilimanjaro.

Moshe, a frequent traveler and photographer, has traveled extensively in Africa.

On numerous occasions he has traveled to Ethiopia, South Africa and Tanzania.

With his acquired experience and knowledge, he also serves as a lecturer for aspiring Israeli travelers seeking to learn about Tanzania, its attractions, its history and much more.

He knows Zanzibar well and tells them enough to get them excited about taking a flight to the island. It also promotes coffee tourism which is now flourishing in Arusha.

The Serengeti gained popularity among Israelis thanks to a famous Israeli journalist who visited to witness the great migration more than 15 years ago.

He documented every step and made a series of television programs about his travels.

The spectacle caught people’s attention and since then the number of Israelis traveling to Tanzania has increased and for some time there have been direct flights from Israel to Zanzibar.

The same cannot be said for mainland Tanzania. Moshe has seen the inconvenience of traveling from Israel to Kilimanjaro Airport.

You have to fly to Addis Ababa and then take a connecting flight to the mainland of Tanzania, which is more expensive and longer.

Expenses also do not decrease when a tourist arrives at national parks and Moshe wants entry prices to national parks, known as ‘entrance fees’, to be reduced to attract more tourists and increase the viability of achieving the five vision. millions. tourists by 2025.

Regarding the high fees, Moshe says: “Some tourists who are eager to visit Tanzania tend to change their minds because of the high fees.”

Moshe’s expedition to Tanzania spreads far and wide; He has visited Tarangire, Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro national parks.

He even stayed with the Hadzabe community, the tribe that still lives an ingenious lifestyle, the true hunters and gatherers left.

The Hadzabe village has become the highlight of many tourists’ visits to Tanzania.

Their authentic lifestyle has intrigued and fascinated many people, who love to simply take a photo with them.

The appeal of Tanzania seems endless and the more people travel around the country, the more they discover its hidden beauty.

Just a few years ago, this community was not well known, but now tour operators make it a must-see for tourists heading to the northern circuit.

As more tour operators set up their businesses to accommodate the growing number of tourists, some tourists unfortunately fall victim to shady companies offering unrealistically low prices.

These tempting deals often attract cost-conscious travelers, leading to inevitable disappointments.

Dishonest tour operators would end up not entering the Serengeti to avoid paying entrance fees and the visitor would end up just outside the national park and not get the full experience.

Moshe urges tourists to use caution.

“If the deal or price is too good to be true, that’s a red flag.”

Before embarking on your safari or choosing the tour operator, Moshe advises the traveler to check reviews on TripAdvisor, an online platform that offers reviews on hotels, tours, flights and all other information on hospitality providers.

On this platform, it is easy to see what previous clients say about the travel company; Therefore, it will give you an idea of ​​who you can choose.

“You have to be smart when reading reviews; Some reviews are also paid, so make sure you read a lot of reviews to make sure they are authentic,” he says.

Moshe says that sometimes cheap is expensive.

The lowest rates will come with old, worn-out trucks that will break down during the safari, and the accommodation will be unpleasant.

This could turn a supposedly pleasant adventure into a nightmare.

Moshe advises the traveler to not only communicate with the tour operator by email, but also go a step further and call them, or even make a video call, to listen to them.

“Before choosing the tour operator, I always call them, so I can hear their confidence and their knowledge of where I want to travel,” he mentions.

As an avid traveler who has witnessed the difficulties tourists face while on vacation, Moshe partnered with a young Tanzanian tour guide to create his travel company.

It aims to serve Israeli travelers and others who wish to visit Tanzania and enjoy a hassle-free holiday.

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